The need to replenish talent at wide receiver is apparent for Tennessee this recruiting cycle.
Four players that were going to be counted upon in the 2015 season won’t be back for next year when expectations around Rocky Top skyrocket. The Volunteers boasted the No. 20 rushing offense in the nation but could use help in the throw game after ranking No. 92 in the land.
Binjimen Victor could is a Scout four-star prospect and the No. 10 wide receiver in the 2016 class. The 6-foot-4 ½, 173-pounder with 4.65 speed could work his way into Tennessee’s two-deep as a freshman. Victor used the first weekend after the NCAA Dead Period to take an official visit to Knoxville.
“It was great,” Victor said. “I got the chance to spend time with the players and ask them any question I needed, spent time with the coaches. I had a great time; it was a great weekend.”
Victor asked “How is it when football’s not going on? How are the people around and everything about the program?”
Time was spent with Tennessee coach Butch Jones and wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni.
“We weren’t talking much about football,” Victor said.
Outside of the typical aspects of an official visit, the lengthy wideout said he took notice of his time with the Team 120 members.
“It was hanging out the with the players. That was the most important thing to me and getting to know everybody,” Victor said.
Tennessee has tough competition to land Victor, including going head to head with a Southeastern Conference Eastern Division rival in Florida that has the proximity advantage.
“Basically, I’ve been here already, so it’s not really new to me,” Victor said. “It’s just the facilities…I just like the people here in general.
“(Tennessee) was always under consideration. So, I’ll just wait until signing day or a week before signing day to see what’s going on.”
Joining the Gators and Volunteers in hot pursuit of the Scout 300 member are Ohio State and West Virginia.
“As of right now, those are the schools that I’m interested in,” he said.
Although freshman wide receiver Vincent Perry was his player host, Victor kept close to Tennessee junior cornerback Cameron Sutton for much of the trip.
“(Sutton)’s a cool dude, and I asked him a lot of questions,” said Victor, who caught two passes for 19 yards in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 9. “I had a great experience here.
Gone from Team 119 at wide receiver are Alton Howard, Johnathon Johnson, Marquez North and Von Pearson. Pass catchers committed to Tennessee for its 2016 class are Jeff George (JUCO, signed), Corey Henderson (No. 91 in nation) and Brandon Johnson (98).
“Everywhere you go you’re going to have competition so you’ve just got to have a mindset to come in and compete,” Victor said. “You’ll see how it goes when you get at the school whether you play or not.
“(Playing time) is (important), but if I don’t get a chance to, I will always compete and my time will come.”
The four-star prospect said he will likely make his college announcement on National Signing Day. He has a list of items he wants to check off before declaring.
“The important thing is for me is feeling like it’s home, feeling welcome, the environment and the people and the coaching staff,” Victor said.
Official visits for the final two weekends leading up to that moment aren’t set in stone but a trip to Gainesville figures to happen.
“I’m trying to figure that out right now. I’m supposed to be going to Florida next week, but I don’t know. I’m not sure yet,” Victor said.
Victor and Coconut Creek (Fla.) High School saw their season come to a close with a 55-0 win over Northeast back on Nov. 6.